Uniform and Equipment


So that students can apply themselves swiftly and effectively to any task required of them, it is recommended that they carry with them each day the following range of items:

  • Two good lead pencils (HB)
  • A selection of coloured pencils (not felt tips)
  • A rubber and sharpener
  • A 300mm ruler (marked in inches)
  • At least two pens (black or blue)
  • An angle measure and a compass
  • A basic calculator
  • A pair of round nosed safety scissors
  • A glue stick
  • An English dictionary
  • A French or German Dictionary (Collins Easy Learning French/German Dictionary or Oxford Learner's French/German Dictionary)
  • A pencil case large enough to carry the above
  • A large water proof bag
  • A reading book

Students will not need all this equipment on their first day, so do contact the school if you need any help or advice.

Lockers are now provided for all students but do please mark items with name and form wherever possible to reduce the chance of loss.



The wearing of full school uniform is compulsory for all school sessions and any journeys to and from the school site. This policy encourages students to identify with the school while promoting a positive, purposeful atmosphere during the working day.

The items listed below are designed with smartness, practicality and availability in mind and differences in requirements for each sex have been kept to a minimum.

Excessive make-up is inappropriate; students should not wear false eyelashes, nail polish or acrylic nails.
Any student failing to adhere to this policy will be expected to remove the item immediately or will be placed in our isolation unit until further notice.

Students are not allowed to wear bracelets, nose studs or any other piercing. Students are allowed one ring of sensible size, a watch and one stud earring in each ear.
Any student failing to adhere to this policy will be expected to remove the item immediately or will be placed in our isolation unit until further notice.

Inappropriate block colouring, streaks or highlights, as well ‘under-cutting', ‘tramlines' or ‘carving' hair is not permitted. Please note that students' hair should also always be a natural colour. Tattoos or body art should not be visible.
Students failing to adhere to this expectation will be placed in our isolation unit.


We always recommend that parents and carers refer to our school rules regarding uniform before purchasing uniform clothing.

Please be aware when purchasing new school uniform that some High Street stockists sell uniform in their 'Back to School' ranges which do not adhere to the school's permitted criteria below.


  • APPLETON TIE worn at an appropriate length and done up fully to the neck.
  • PLAIN WHITE SHIRT or BLOUSE (not an aertex T-shirt) that is buttoned up to the neck and tucked in at the waist
  • PLAIN BLACK, FORMAL TROUSERS, which go over shoes. Not permitted: Jeans, cropped trousers, stretchy, jersey or lycra/skinny-fit trousers, jeggings or leggings, brushed cotton/chino style trousers.
  • FORMAL BLACK PLEATED SKIRT of reasonable length, material and style - please note that stretchy, jersey, Lycra or tube style skirts are not permitted.
  • PLAIN BLACK ANKLE SOCKS or, for girls, WHITE ANKLE SOCKS/PLAIN BLACK OR NATURAL TIGHTS, no long knee length socks are permitted.
  • FORMAL PRACTICAL BLACK LEATHER SHOES (or faux leather alternative) which must have a heel and and black laces (where applicable). Must not have any sports brands/emblems/logos. Canvas shoes, flat sole style shoes, trainers, high heels or boots are not permitted. Please refer to our 'Shoes' page for further clarification on the shoes that are acceptable.
  • No designer names or sweat shirts or hooded tops, the only jumper allowed is a plain black v-neck jumper as detailed above. Sweat shirts or hooded tops should not be worn as an alternative to a coat.
  • A PLAIN OUTSIDE COAT: this may not be denim or leather and must not have any emblems. The coat must be removed when entering any of the school buildings. It must not be worn inside the school building.
  • COTTON APRON for DT lessons


Ties, Blazer Badges and DT Aprons: MORBEC SPORTS

School Uniform:

  • Morbec Sports (online orders only): www.morbecsports.com
  • Email: sales@morbecsports.com
  • Telephone: 01268 590477

PE Kit available from MORBEC SPORTS

Students who arrive at school and are not meeting our full Uniform Policy will be expected to remove the particular item as soon as possible or, if they refuse, will be placed in our Isolation Unit and will not be allowed to attend mainstream lessons.




  • Appleton badged Green Polo shirt
  • Appleton badged Black Tracksuit Bottoms (Tapered in at ankle) or Appleton badged Loose Fit Reflective Tracksuit Bottoms
  • Appleton badged Black Shorts
  • Appleton badged Green Rugby Shirt (reversible with band on the inside)
  • Appleton badged ¼ Zip Training Top
  • Black Football socks
  • Plain black swimming trunks or shorts and goggles
  • Trainers
  • Soccer boots
  • Shinpads
  • Badminton Racquet


  • Appleton badged Rain Jacket
  • Towel for shower use



  • Appleton badged Green Polo shirt
  • Appleton badged Black Leggings or Appleton badged Loose Fit Reflective Tracksuit bottoms
  • Appleton badged Black Shorts or Appleton badged Black Skirt
  • Appleton badged Full Zip Tracksuit Top
  • Black Football socks
  • Plain black one-piece swimming costume and goggles
  • Trainers
  • Badminton Racquet


  • Towel for shower use
  • Soccer boots and shinpads (advisable for Hockey)


To maintain the existing high standards of safety, the school follows the recommendations of Essex County Council in its "Safety in P.E." Handbook. "Watches, jewellery and earrings, belts with metal buckles and other unnecessary encumbrances likely to prove dangerous to the wearer or to others, should not be worn". The support of parents in implementing this policy when students are taking part in PE activities would be most appreciated and is clearly in the best interests of all students involved.


In implementing the policy, we will have regard to the provisions in the Equality Act 2010, in particular the requirement not to discriminate, either directly or indirectly, against a student because they have a protected characteristic, for example because of their gender, race, disability or religious belief. In particular, we will consider requests from parents or students who can demonstrate that wearing a particular article of clothing or jewellery or having a particular hairstyle which are not permitted by this policy is a genuine manifestation of the student’s religion or is necessary as a result of a medical condition amounting to a disability, on a case-by-case basis. Where we are satisfied that the student’s equality rights would be infringed, the request will be granted except where doing so would raise a legitimate concern, for example on security, public order or health and safety grounds. We reserve the right to request documentary evidence from, for example, a religious leader or medical professional, in support of any request to deviate from this policy, in appropriate cases.